Why Conservatives Are So Grouchy

Sleeping might have something to do with it

| November/December 2001


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Right-wing politics may be, literally, a nightmare. As The Week (July 28, 2001) reports, researchers at the Association for the Study of Dreams in Vienna, Virginia, have found that half of the political conservatives they surveyed reported having nightmares (being chased, going bald, being trapped in a room with a bear, something ghastly happening to their children, were the most common). Leftists, on the other hand, slept more peacefully, with only 18 percent reporting nightmares. Liberal women tended to dream about babies or family members, while the guys dreamed about their lovers.

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